#0027: Striker Eureka

STRIKER EUREKA

PACIFIC RIM

Today, I’m looking at another figure from NECA’s second series of Pacific Rim figures.  Yesterday, I looked at a variant of the main Jaeger from the film, Gipsy Danger.  Today, I’ll be covering the second most prominent Jaeger from the film:  Striker Eureka!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Striker is built to fit in with the rest of the Pacific Rim figures, so he stands about 7 inches tall.  He has roughly 21 points of articulation.  Striker is mostly a light grey color, so the figure is molded in this color, with details added over top of it.  The detail paint is superbly done, and he has a nice wash applied all around that gives the suit a nice worn in look.  Striker’s design is very much influenced by the fighting suits from Neon Genesis Evangelion, with a design that features lots of sharp angles.  As such, it was very important for the sculpted details on this figure to be sharp.  There was a bit of concern on this point because it seemed that such details may have been lost on the Gipsy Danger sculpt, but I’m happy to say that it’s not an issue with Striker here.  Striker technically includes no accessories, thought he does have his stinger blades, which are jointed so that they can swivel back and forth, and can be removed if you so desire.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Striker was one of my favorite of the main Jaeger designs, so it follows that it was the figure I was most looking forward to in second series, and heck, even NECA’s Pacific Rim line overall.  The figure definitely doesn’t disappoint.  I was initially a bit let down by the lack of the nuclear device that Striker has strapped to his back during the final battle, but the rest of the figure is so well done that I don’t mind so much.  Striker is some serious awesome!

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#0026: Gipsy Danger – Battle Damaged

GIPSY DANGER  – BATTLE DAMAGED

PACIFIC RIM

Okay, changing gears.  Today I’ll be looking at the first of the three figures in the second wave of NECA’s Pacific Rim line.  I just got this set, so I wanted to try to get the review up while it was still slightly relevant.  I know it’s the second wave, and I haven’t done the first, but I’ll to get to them soon enough.

Today’s figure is the main Jaeger Gipsy Danger.  If you haven’t seen the film and that confused you, stop everything and go see the movie.  Right now.  Go buy it.  I’ll wait.  Back?  Wasn’t it amazing?  The correct answer is “F*** Yes!”

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Okay, so this figure is of Gipsy Danger.  Gipsy is depicted here in her more damaged look from later in the film.  The figure stands about 7 inches tall, and has roughly 20 points of articulation.  The sculpt is really nice.  I’ve heard complaints that the details are a little gummy, but given the scale, I think they’re pretty well handled!  The paint is supposed to be the focal point of this figure, as that’s what separates it from the previous release, but let’s be honest, that’s not the reason people want this figure.  The real reason is the accessories, something that the previous release didn’t include:  Chain swords!  The chain swords are well sculpted and go in fairly easily.  However, they do have a tendency to fall out if you don’t put them in just right, so be careful.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I have to say that, while Pacific Rim series 2 was a set I was very excited for, this version of Gipsy wasn’t something I was really looking forward to.  I was wrong.  While I still don’t feel it’s the be-all-end-all Gipsy, it’s really fun, and it makes deciding which version to put on the shelf much more difficult.